President Trump is getting all kinds of great news today — especially the fact that we now officially have former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as our newly-minted Secretary of State!
Senate Democrats stalled most of Trump’s cabinet long enough. Earlier today, Republican committees pushed through two other important nominations, including that of Treasury Secretary, without Democrats present for the vote.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: An excellent choice to represent us around the globe. Congratulations. https://t.co/E9OkcjFV0e
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 1, 2017
The Hill has the story:
The Senate on Wednesday approved Rex Tillerson to lead President Trump’s State Department, despite a late effort by Democrats to slow down the nomination.
Tillerson surpassed 51 votes for him, enough for a simple majority to approve his nomination. The vote is still open.
Tillerson will take over his post as the country’s top diplomat as lawmakers remain skeptical over President Trump’s foreign policy, including his stance toward Russia and a recent executive order that temporarily banned refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) specifically pointed to Russia as one area where he expects Tillerson to hone in on.
“I would say the place that, if I were him, that I would want to be focused is my strategy on the Russia issue,” he told reporters. “It’s one where you know the president seems fairly engaged and I think as secretary of State he probably wants to make sure that he’s developed his thinking on how to push back on Putin.”
While Democrats continue to whine and complain about his ties to Russia, sensible, intelligent folks understand that we now have a top diplomat who knows how to deal with Mother Russia, which can only serve to strengthen future relations.
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